welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. first a look at the headlines. separatists in eastern ukraine agree to respect a ceasefire. vietnam state-run tv says another chinese ship has rammed a vietnamese vessel in disputed water. some people from china are dissatisfied with their lifestyles and have started seeking another path. pro-russian separatist
leaders in eastern ukraine have agreed to honor a ceasefire one of the members of the government has agreed to honor a ceasefire declared by the president. declared by ukraine's president. the prime minister of the donetsk people's republic spoke. the russian ambassador to ukraine was present. petro poroshenko called a cease fire and unveiled a plan for peace. he urged pro russian militants in the regions a stop fighting. the u.s. and russian presidents got on the phone to discuss the situation. barack obama asked vladimir putin to help resolve the unrest. vietnamese state-run television has broadcast images of a collision between a vietnamese vessel and chinese ships in the south china sea. the broadcaster says that chinese ships surrounded a
vietnamese-government surveillance vessel and sprayed it using a water cannon. the images show a boat bearing a chinese name ramming the vietnamese vessel. the report says no crew members were injured. the incident occurred about 20 kilometers southwest of an oil rig recently installed by a chinese firm. vietnamese authorities say about 120 chinese ships have been deployed to the area to support oil drilling. negotiators from china and vietnam met in hanoi last week to discuss the standoff but failed to overcome their differences. philippine military officials are also reporting on chinese activity in the south china sea. they have confirmed workers have been moving sand on to two reefs in the spratlys. the philippines and chinese are locked in a sovereignty dispute over the islands. china has built several new islands in the archipelago. now workers are building on hughes and eldad reefs. philippine military officials estimate that chinese workers have reclaimed at least 90,000 square meters of land. they say china's military is
likely to use it for runways and radar systems. the philippine president, benigno aquino is in tokyo. he is expected to discuss his concerns of china's increasing presence during talks with japanese prime minister, shinzo abe. executives at japan's biggest car makers have enjoyed a run of record sales and profits but the head of one firm has even more reason to smile. the chief executive of nissan made more than $9.7 million in 2013. he revealed the numbers on tuesday. he earned $17,000 more than he did the previous business year. analysts say it's the third highest amount ever paid to an executive at a listed japanese
company. he is the biggest earner among firms who end their business year in march. he said his pay is high for japan but comparable to salaries in western countries. nissan estimates they will sell 5.6 million vehicles this year. they are planning to introduce a range of new models in emerging markets. managers at a japanese beverage marker suntory are looking abroad and seeing a world of potential. they will reach out beyond the founding family for the first time to appoint a leader with international experience. the executives are preparing to replace the president nobutada saji. sources say they will tap, the chairman of the lawson convenience store karen, takeshi niinami. niinami is 55 and spent 20 years at trading firm mitsubishi corporation. in 2002, he became president of
lawson. niinami spearheaded the expansion of the chain across japan, china, thailand and other markets and became chairman in may. suntory executives are keen to use his expertise to increase negotiable sales of spirits made by beam. suntory acquires the company in may. sources say a board meeting will be held to finalize the selection. a japanese agriculture organization held an event in london to introduce diners to japanese beef, or wagyu. about 60 chefs and journalists took part in the event held by the federation of agricultural cooperatives in japan, also known as zen-noh. previously japan couldn't export beef and related products to the european union because of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. the eu lifted the ban last year. and the first shipment arrived this month. >> the chefs served the beef in various styles including steaks and shabushabu, or thin slices of parboiled beef. >> as a texture it's like nothing else i've had before. really special.
>> i will choose it, yeah. yep. >> japanese producers hope to boost beef sales to europe's 500 million consumers. but they will face competition from cheaper products. government officials in japan have found a new way to help people abroad in need. they are providing funding to japanese businesses that are making a positive difference and they are now seeing the payoff. >> vietnamese cities have transformed in recent years with shiny high-rises, new airports and bridges. several of the country's public works projects were funded by development assistance from japan and many of the contracts went to big japanese firms.
but the day-to-day lives of ordinary people are often a stark contrast. polluted rivers are still a daily source of water for many and that poses a serious threat to health. some japanese entrepreneurs say they can help. yoshiharu yagyu is the president of a company that produces water purification systems. [ speaking foreign language ]. he opened a shop in vietnam three years ago but he didn't have deep pockets or much experience doing business overseas so he turned to japan's government for help. >> smaller businesses can not afford to advertise their products or services so it can
be an enormous help to get government backing. >> reporter: yagyu's company is based in southwestern japan. the area is known for layers of volcanic ash. the company uses this ash in its main product, a coagulant. >> translator: i put a handful of this into a liquid. and it separates the substance to leave purified water. >> the coagulant is used to dispose of factory wastewater. but yagyu started to see a limit to the japanese market. then he heard about the new government program to help
smaller businesses through oda. under the new system it's not countries that request the assistance but small to medium sized japanese enterprises. they submit applications to the japan international corporation agency. successful candidates can receive up to around $1 million for research or operational expenses. >> translator: this new system will open doors for individual participation and development assistance which will in turn help to simulate the economy throughout japan. >> reporter: yagyu used his grant to hire interpreters in japan, ship water purifiers and ship chemical agents and pay for water purity tests. he believes his system will sell well in vietnam. he decided to invest his own money to rent a local factory and start production.
>> translator: when i was trying to expand overseas on my own, i never imagined i would make such progress. i'm determined to succeed. >> reporter: assistance programs have to put recipients first. but proponents of this new program say it's a win/win situation, supporting smaller firms and helping host countries. now highlights from the world cup in brazil. the host team has made it through to the knockout stage with a convincing win against cameroon. star striker neymar put brazil ahead in the 17th minute. his goal was the 100th of this year's world cup finals.
nine minutes later, cameroon scored an equalizer but neymar struck again in the 35th minute. fred made it 3-1 for brazil in the 49th minute. it was his first goal of the tournament. brazil completed the rout and the hosts beat cameroon 4-1. [ speaking foreign language ]. mexico met croatia in another group "a" match the winner would qualify for the round of 16 and the loser would go home. the game was scoreless for 72
minutes until a mexican player found the net. and three minutes later, dardo doubled the lead. hernandez also scored as mexico won 3-1. brazil topped group "a" on goal difference. which means that mexico is in second and croatia and cameroon failed to advance. in group b the netherlands met chile in a battle for the on spot. both were gunning for their third straight win against no loss. the midfielder opened the scoring for the dutch with a header in the 77th minute. and the win was sealed with a goal in injury time after the striker broke down the left side. that was all the scoring as the netherlands won the game 2-0. in another group b match,
spain played australia with only pride at stake. both teams failed to qualify for the knockout stage. the striker put spain ahead in the first half. fernando torres added a second in the 69th minute. and juan mata struck just before the final whistle. spain came out on top 3-0 for its first win of the tournament. so the netherlands top group b and chile is the runner up. reigning champions spain avoided the embarrassment of finishing last. the 2014 world cup finals are on a pace to be one of the highest scoring ever. in the first 36 games teams have notched an average of three goals per match. that's the highest since the 1970 tournament. people in china are reaping the financial rewards of a
booming economy. but some are not satisfied. they think their lifestyle is too stressful and too costly so they are opting out. >> reporter: this mountain farming village is a 40 minute drive from a key city. a young man who grew up in the city lives here. he's trying to lead a self-sufficient life. he moved here three years ago after quitting an advertising job. he lives with his wife. tang used to work for an agency in the city but he was disenchanted with a life of fierce competition. so he opted for the quiet life of the countryside. >> translator: i had been thinking of leading an independent life since around 2008. what i mean is a self-sufficient
life that does not require a large amount of money. >> reporter: tang built a hut that he calls the self sufficiency lab. the construction cost him about $200. he makes everything he needs with his own hands from a washing machine to a foot operated shower. even electricity is generated at home. from a nearby house they rented, the two post information on the internet about their country lifestyle. some chinese media have also reported on it. many people wrote favorable comments online. >> translator: we are leading this kind of life so we can study how to attain complete self sufficiency for ourselves.
>> reporter: meanwhile a growing number of people are trying to live outside china. one of them is this man from beijing. shin manages the repair and sales departments of a japanese camera maker. he had been thinking of sending his children abroad for a quality education and a better life. recently though, he realized it would be cheaper for the whole family to emigrate. this would enable him to avoid the price of the schools and high tuitions for foreign students. the family of five will leave china for canada this summer. >> translator: the kind of problems china has directly affect our lives, air pollution,
traffic jams, food safety and education just to name a few. it's difficult to change society so we have no choice but to move away. >> reporter: many chinese find that material wealth no longer gives them what they want. so more people are beginning to look for an alternative lifestyle that best suits their needs. the head of the mission overseeing the destruction of syria's chemical weapons says it reached a major landmark. he says the last of the toxic material has been shipped out of the country. >> never before has an entire arsenal of a category of weapons of mass destruction been removed from a country experiencing a state of internal arms conflict. >> he said the final batch of declared agents was loaded on a danish ship in latakia. he said the next step is to destroy the weapons on board a
u.s. ship and at commercial facilities in finland, germany, britain, and the united states. the original plan called for shipping out the agents by early february but the work was delayed because some of the weapons were in areas controlled by anti-government forces. inspectors will continue their monitoring activities. there have been allegations that chlorine gas was used in the fighting between government fighters and opposition forces. chlorine is not classified as a chemical weapon. one month has passed since thailand's military seized power in a coup. the ruling junta has presented itself as a mediator. but not everyone is convinced by its prom of reconciliation. ♪ >> reporter: it's time for a street party with military personnel.
♪ people have gathered here for a music festival. with a difference. thailand's military ruler has organized it to feature what they call national reconciliation. the singers perform a song for the reconciliation process. the lyrics were written by an army chief. ♪ the campaign has even reached the remote villages of the country's north and northeast. the people in these strongholds
support the former prime minister. the villagers are told it's important to cooperate with the military regime. >> translator: most people in this area are thaksin supporters. but we think they're very supportive of our reconciliation efforts. the military is inviting these villagers to join the discussions about the country and to give their opinions. >> reporter: they are trying to spread the image that the political confrontation is over. leaders of anti- and pro- thaksin leaders were invited to this event. but this former assembly woman couldn't keep her realities bottled up.
>> translator: i believe the armed forces will return power to the people. they want to heal divisions in society. >> reporter: the local commander interrupts the interview. [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: while they are busy publicizing their reconciliation efforts, measures are being taken to control others. people in this red shirt community are keeping their true colors out of sight. they moved all their banners inside. a villager blamed pressure from the military. >> translator: we're unhappy we had to take the banners down. but we had no choice.
if our leaders order us to put them up again, we'll do it right away. >> reporter: many leaders are under surveillance. this man's house has been raided along with his radio station. we tried to film at the compound but were refused permission. he told nhk by phone about his de facto house arrest. >> translator: we feel pressure from the soldiers. about 50 have been deployed in my place. we're not allowed to go into our buildings and no one is allowed to go in. we're waiting until marshal law is lifted because it's a very difficult situation. the military can summon and detain anyone. so we can't do anything political. >> reporter: the military pledged its coup would bring thais closer together.
below the surface, the reconciliation seems a distant promise. the political confusion is very far from over. many people in the united states are dealing with severe weather conditions, mai shoji has the latest. >> here across the u.s. it's an active season for thunderstorms. there are numerous thunderstorms spawning across the midsection of the u.s. and traveling across the east. it is sultry in the eastern half of the continent and clashing with the cold air from the north. we have a couple of tornado touchdowns in the great lakes. severe thunderstorms will be possible in the eastern four corners region with tornadic activity not able to be ruled out and a swath of the eastern
half of this continent will look at wide spread thunderstorms as well as heavy downpours to lead to flash flooding. in the southwest, temperatures are soaring. las vegas at 40 degrees and low humidity make it critical fire weather. fine in vancouver but rain in the forecast. a lot of thunderstorms are in the forecast. but new york will be escaping from the showers. now to europe. the central mediterranean region and iberian peninsula has been an ongoing story with the thunderstorms. large hail has been reported. similar conditions in northern italy and western balkans. the pyrenees and alps as well. wet and windy in northwestern russia and the temperatures are quite low.
the average temperatures are in the 20s but down to 17 in moscow and stockholm at 16 degrees. but fine in london at 23 degrees with partly sunny skies and gorgeous looking in paris at 25 degrees. now to eastern asia. is it the rainy season and the rainy season band still lingers in a similar location. i feel like a broken record for saying this but is it an ongoing rainfall for about 100 millimeters on top of the 150 we have seen yesterday. in these areas more rainfall will be falling on top of the very well well -- the land is very well prone to flooding. also the seasonal band is going through the southwestern islands of japan. 300 millimeters of rainfall in the past few days. and tokyo will likely see
unstable conditions due to the unstable atmosphere above. in tokushima it will be sunny tomorrow so you can see these follows, the bayberry trees are in bloom. the trees are native to eastern asian. they are common in china where they have been growing for more than 2,000 years. sunny skies created a beautiful contrast with the beautiful fruit and leaves. on that note i'll leave you for your extended forecast around the globe.